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BlizzConline 2021 - World of Warcraft: Shadowlands What's Next Panel
The WoW team reveals what to expect next from World of Warcraft: Shadowlands!


Systems
  • The team isn't sharing much about system changes right now.
  • Unlike some previous expansions at this point, the team isn't seeing anything that needs to be completely overhauled or replaced.
  • Systems have a solid foundation that will be built upon and they will share more once PTRs are live.

Story
  • Chains of Domination will explore the Maw and the Jailer's plans.
  • The Jailer will make his first attacks, showing his hand, and forcing us to defend our new allies.
  • The 4 Covenants will come together to take the fight to the Jailer.

Patch 9.1 Features
  • New areas and enemies in the Maw with Maw theme rewards.
  • Mounts will work in the Maw

Korthia
  • Largest new section of the Maw
  • Ancient space, lost in the in-between. Unique strange creatures and wildlife.
  • Filled with mysteries and a lot of denizens seen in Oribos
  • City of Secrets
  • We'll learn more about the First Ones
  • New mounts and pets, including the Hand Mount and Undead Horse

New Raid - Sanctum of Domination
  • Taking the attack to the Jailer's doorstep
  • 10 Bosses
  • Boss that is the literal Eye of the Jailer, utilizes the eye of Odin
  • Tarragrue is a boss
  • Kel'thuzad is a boss
  • Sylvanas is also a fight - the finale will change the future of the Shadowlands

Torgahst
  • New wings, with new art and floors
  • New foes and traps
  • New game-changing powers

New Mega Dungeon - Broker Trading City
  • New Brokers group that we met in Oribos
  • Mythic only (for now)
  • 8 bosses
  • Large Broker trading city, with portals, an auction house, and various cartels
  • Broker assassins and four armed guards
  • Heist section is second - chase a broker who stole an artifact through portals that take us to varied locations with multiple bosses
  • Infinite Pirate Dragon Boss
  • Rewards include Broker pets and mounts - worm pet used by brokers as a currency
  • Broker disc mount
  • Broker themed weapons

Covenants
  • New Conduits
  • Expanding the Soulbind system
  • They are very early into ideation, and will ask for feedback on the forums
  • New Covenant-themed transmogs can be worn by any armor type and mixed and matched with other outfits

Flying
  • No Rep grind
  • Unlocked through Covenant story
  • Unlocking Flying grants a Covenant-themed flying mount.

Season 2
  • Domination themed Affix
  • Item level increase across the board
  • Honor talent refresh - Talents that aren't often selected will get a second look and some changes
  • Season rewards - brand new colors of the gladiator and Mythic + mount
  • Vicious Gorn mount for season 2




Shape the Fate of the Shadowlands in Chains of Domination
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The next content update, Chains of Domination, has been announced at BlizzConline! Watch the panel now or read on to discover what's coming up for World of Warcraft.

The traitorous Sire Denathrius has been defeated, but the power of the Maw still grows. In Chains of Domination, the upcoming major content update for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, players will delve into new depths of the Jailer’s hopeless domain, seeking to understand the true nature of his malignant plans. Backed by the renewed might of the four Covenants, the champions of the Horde and the Alliance will take the fight for the Shadowlands to the seat of the Jailer’s power. But the Banished One has a terrible new champion in his service—a cruel instrument of despair conscripted by Sylvanas Windrunner, capable of instilling dread into the hearts of Azeroth’s heroes like no creature of the Shadowlands.

The Covenants Strike Back
Return to the Maw with the restored strength of the kyrian, night fae, necrolords, and venthyr and together fight back to reclaim the Shadowlands from the Jailer’s sinister encroachment. As you unravel the Jailer’s dark designs you’ll be able to fight back with newfound inner-strength, even allowing your mounts to once again be rideable in this ominous realm.

Discover the Mysteries of Korthia
The Jailer is searching for the key to fulfill his twisted vision for the afterlives, and he has pulled a fragment of a long-lost domain into the Maw itself to find it: Korthia, City of Secrets. Dragged from the hidden byways of the In-Between, this landmass has its own strange creatures and brims with mysteries the likes of which the Shadowlands has never seen. It is these obscurities that the Jailer is truly after, the secrets of an enigmatic group known as the First Ones.


During your adventures in the Maw and Korthia, you’ll be able to earn new rewards including a spectral steed bound in spiked barding and a severed hand mount that will fearlessly crawl wherever you command.


Raid the Sanctum of Domination
Found beyond the labyrinthine halls of Torghast, the Sanctum of Domination is a new 10-boss raid. Encounter the true Eye of the Jailer, turn the tide against the Tarragrue, square off against Kel’Thuzad, and come face-to-face with the Banshee Queen herself in a fateful confrontation.


New Mega-Dungeon: Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
Gather your party and discover exotic wares and strange creatures in the new eight-boss Mythic mega-dungeon; Tazavesh: the Veiled Market. Set in a bazaar of the mysterious brokers, you’ll face off against dastardly assassins, four-armed broker guards, an infinite pirate dragon, and other enemies as you chase down a wayward broker before she can unleash the might of a stolen artifact to realize her own designs.

This Mythic-only instance can reward players with loot coveted by broker society—including a dazzling assortment of weaponry, otherworldly pets, and a mount.


Explore New Layers in Torghast, Tower of the Damned
As we bring the fight to the Jailer’s home domain, we’ll be able to advance further inside his lair—Torghast, Tower of the Damned. Scour a never-before-seen wing of Torghast as you fight new enemies and evade deadly traps with a variety of game-changing powers.


Take to the Skies
If you’ve got your eye on the skies above the afterlives of the Shadowlands, you’ll be able to unlock flying by completing covenant activities and campaign chapters. Players who do unlock flying will then receive a specialized mount representing their covenant. Kyrian players will glide over gleaming fields on the backs of centurians, night fae will ride upon Ardenweald’s powerful wolf serpents, necrolords will charge into battle upon corpseflies, and venthyr will take to the skies on newly awakened stoneborn.


New Covenant Cosmetic Armor Sets
As you further support your covenant and earn renown, you’ll be rewarded with a new covenant cosmetic armor set. This cosmetic armor set comes in four different colors and can be worn by any armor type—cloth, leather, mail, and plate. Each armor set’s tints can be mix and matched with the others to provide a variety of different looks to suit your desired appearance.


Join the Fray in Shadowlands Season 2
Chains of Domination will also herald the beginning of Shadowlands Season 2. You’ll see the addition of a brand-new domination-themed affix in Mythic Keystone Dungeons and increased item levels for rewards. PvP Honor Talents will undergo a refresh, revitalizing lesser used talents for more options to unleash your full potential. New seasonal rewards for PvP include new colorations of the Gladiator and Mythic keystone mounts, and new Vicious mounts—Alliance and Horde-themed Gorm.


We hope you enjoyed this preview of Chains of Domination and Season 2, which will become available at a later date. The content update's features are still in development and subject to change, so be sure to check back for periodic updates on worldofwarcraft.com.
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Comments 113 Comments
  1. Gasparde's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mr2t View Post
    9.1 - Hope You Like Mounts patch
    Not even, there were like what, 4 mounts?

    1 new Vicious thing. Recolors of the seasonal mounts. The hand + a horse. And then 1 mount per Covenant. Like, if you're a PvEer that's like 2-3 new mounts for the entire patch.
  1. NordWitcher's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rrayy View Post
    There is no beta testing for a content patch. IT is on PTR and those NEVER taker more than a month. This is not going to take 6 months. May is far more realistic than September.
    Well they do have to test the raid and that's going to take a minimum of a month there itself. Considering their next patch -9.0.5 isn't even live and still on the PTR with no announcement regarding its release date. I highly doubt 9.1 is coming out in May. Blizzard won't just release a mini patch and have it out for 1-2 months and then release another big patch. 9.0.5 would have to come out before March so that we at least get 3 months with that patch and that's not even out yet.
  1. Aurrora's Avatar
    Wow, and we thought Blizzard was getting lazy last expansion when they reduced from class armor sets to sets based on armor type, now every class is getting the same armor set regardless of armor type?
  1. Culex's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by NordWitcher View Post
    Well they do have to test the raid and that's going to take a minimum of a month there itself. Considering their next patch -9.0.5 isn't even live and still on the PTR with no announcement regarding its release date. I highly doubt 9.1 is coming out in May. Blizzard won't just release a mini patch and have it out for 1-2 months and then release another big patch. 9.0.5 would have to come out before March so that we at least get 3 months with that patch and that's not even out yet.
    Yep. Anyone who think 9.1 is coming before August/September clearly has no idea how this works.
  1. Chickat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Culex View Post
    Yep. Anyone who think 9.1 is coming before August/September clearly has no idea how this works.
    They arent that far behind., They will rush it out the door before they wait that long. Its coming June or July ready or not.
  1. Hibiki's Avatar
    Looks like 9.1 is 2022 patch...
  1. tmamass's Avatar
    Blizzcon 2021 when HS has more to show for whats next then WOW....
  1. Th3Scourge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Culex View Post
    Yep. Anyone who think 9.1 is coming before August/September clearly has no idea how this works.
    OK give us all the inside details on "how this works"
  1. Donald Hellscream's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hibiki View Post
    Looks like 9.1 is 2022 patch...
    Maybe tone down the hyperbole a touch.
  1. Puupi's Avatar
    Even Ion said "...systems are still EARLY in development...."

    I don't think we'll see 9.1 until late summer/early autumn.
  1. ThatsOurEric's Avatar
    Aww, no new Allied Races huh?
  1. kodemonkee's Avatar
    Okay not gonna lie, this cinematic was the best since MoP, I loved it! Thanks Blizzard! And I need this mount! And I like this guy, I hope he makes more videos instead of Ion, sorry mate :-D BUT the "Disc Mount"? We got it since Mop mate ./

    Am glad that I am Necro from the beginning but the Venthyr is ... vanilla level 1 new transmog? Come on Blizzard



    And the mount is the same but a re-color. Lazy...



    Looks like I am unsubscribing (more changes into Torghast yeah no, fuck off). I hope other people have more fun than me.
  1. Trumpcat's Avatar
    I got one bad thing to say: wtf is with these Kyrian bikini and why is it not a Greek skirt like the NPCs have?! They've already done something like it with the Zandalar dungeon set.
  1. MrV1ndictive's Avatar
    I think it says a lot that they haven't shared anything beyond .1 when even BFA's panel had all patches all the way through the .2 detailed (and hinted at .3)
  1. schwarzkopf's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by hulkgor View Post
    Out of curiosity, why would you say that?
    For the reasons I wrote above.
  1. Soeroah's Avatar
    "They will not share much on systems right now."

    Ugh. Literally what I've been wanting information on for months.
  1. Toby451's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gasparde View Post
    Not even, there were like what, 4 mounts?

    1 new Vicious thing. Recolors of the seasonal mounts. The hand + a horse. And then 1 mount per Covenant. Like, if you're a PvEer that's like 2-3 new mounts for the entire patch.
    Quote Originally Posted by Culex View Post
    Yep. Anyone who think 9.1 is coming before August/September clearly has no idea how this works.

    Anyone who thinks 9.1 is coming out that late clearly has no idea what they are talking about.


    Go find one single raid tier that has lasted 10 months that was not an end of the expansion patch. There is a first time for everything, right? Sure.


    If I were a betting man, June is where I would put my money.
  1. zknm7's Avatar
    What is that, a f*king PIRATE DRAGON in that Broker's dungeon?!?! PLEASE tell me that that thing drops a mount version of itself, PLEASE!!!
  1. Gasparde's Avatar
    Patch cycles will remain unchanged, like, there's no arguing about this at this point anymore. 6 Months per tier, always.

    Nathria at this point is like 3 months old. 9.1 will most likely come in 2 months, giving us 1 month to prepare for SoDom (swell new raid name, that better catch on). Like, them delaying SL had already blown my mind once... yet I can't possibly imagine them doing it again for a patch... Money's on late April/early May for 9.1 and one month later for the raid.
  1. HighlordJohnstone's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wangming View Post
    Players often only quantify the content they enjoy.

    - - - Updated - - -



    Makes you wonder how ready the patch really is.
    We got a LONG time till the patch releases. Chill.

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